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Grants to USA Organizations for Projects Related to Bird Species Conservation

Cornell Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative Program: Small Grant

GrantWatch ID# 207524
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell Land Trust Alliance, California Community Foundation, March Conservation Fund
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Important Dates
Deadline: 03/01/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $25,000 to USA organizations for projects related to bird species conservation. Applicants may apply in one of the following categories: management and restoration and capacity and partnership. Eligible activities include but are not limited to strategic planning, outreach, habitat management, stewardship, bird monitoring, eBird use, capacity building, and land or easement prioritization.

Capacity and Partnership Grants

  • Projects must build land trust capacity by teaching or demonstrating how birds can enhance strategic planning and mission fulfillment of land trusts (e.g. using eBird as a conservation planning tool), and/or facilitate mutually beneficial collaborations and partnerships with the bird conservation community.
  • Priority will be given to the formation of new, regional or state based land trust collaboratives with multiple partners.

Management and Restoration Grants

  • Organization should either be an accredited land trust or be working with an accredited land trust as a partner. Ideally the lead applicant should be the accredited land trust.
  • Projects should actively manage, restore, and/or steward land in a way that enhances habitat and promotes bird conservation, with special emphasis on priority species or those identified in State Wildlife Action Plans.
  • Preference will be given to land trusts with previous habitat management experience.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
- Applicant organizations must reside within the U.S.
- Applicant should demonstrate sufficient organizational capacity and commitment to complete, and sustain if applicable, the proposed grant-funded activities.

Pre-Application Information
This is an annual grant cycle with the RFP for the small grant program opening in January and proposals due March 1.

Funds are dispersed at the end of May.

Applicants can apply for any of the grant tracks and are welcome to submit or be a partner on more than one proposal for different projects. Expect only one request, for which you are a lead applicant, will be funded if selected.

More information:

Number of Grants
6 Capacity and Partnership Projects; 8 Management and Restoration Projects

Estimated Size of Grant
Capacity and Partnership Projects: $5,000 each
Management and Restoration Projects: $25,000 each

Term of Contract
Proposed objectives and activities should be accomplished within the stated grant period of one year, although extensions may be granted.

Contact Information
Apply online:

If you have questions, please contact:
Sara Barker, Cornell Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative Program Leader,

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